Friday, January 25, 2013

NUTS...their nurishment AND anti-aging

Eating Nuts
A Healthy Snack

by Rick Coupland
We have been told since our early years that there are different
food groups, and we should try to eat from each on a daily basis. I
do agree with this statement, I just don't agree with the normal recommendations. Our diets should be centered around fruits and vegetables (raw whenever possible); I think every-body will agree with this. Unless you are a vegetarian, I believe in eating all meats allowed in the Biblical food laws, found in Leviticus chapter 11 (make the effort to buy organic meats). We should be drinking at least 6 glasses of fresh water every day, free of fluoride and chlorine.
(It has now been admitted [and I have always said so] that the idea of 6 glasses of water per day is wrong. We get water in the fruits and actually in all be eat, just about everything contains water. I have never in my life time drunk 6 glasses of water daily. The medical pros now agree your body tells you when to drink liquids - Keith Hunt)
Vitamins, minerals and supplements are a must to compensate for nutrient-depleted foods, along with the everyday pollutions and toxins we are subjected to. And there are other foods we can be adding each day to support our overall good health, such as apple-cider vinegar, sprouts, chia seeds and nuts.
(Of course in a perfect organic world, eating a balanced organic diet, with the right sun exposure to face and arms, we would never need suppilements. But sadly our world is far from organically perfect and few of us can live 100 percent on organic foods, and as I've mentioned before my metabolism has changed over the years, and I cannot eat anywhere near as much as I used to, even had to stop eating some foods period, or I gain weight. So yes I take a dozen or so different vitamins/minerals to make sure I still get what I would get if I could live on the foods and quantity of them, that I once could - Keith Hunt)

It is recommended that eating 1-2 oz. of nuts a day will give you

the maximum amount of health benefits. As with most foods,

purchase organic nuts whenever possible, and enjoy them in their

raw state. Most nuts are rich in nutrients, and while each type of

nut has its own benefits, in general they contain lots of protein and

fiber. Due to their fiber content, nuts make you stay fuller, longer. 

A small handful of nuts about a half-hour before mealtime will

help to keep you from overeating. Eating less will result in losing

weight. Nuts do contain high levels of fat, but it is mostly

unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fats are good for you. Eating foods

high in unsaturated fats reduces your risk for high cholesterol,

heart disease and diabetes. In 1992, the Adventist Health Study

conducted at Loma Linda University concluded that people who

ate nuts regularly were much less likely to have a heart attack in

their lifetime. Nuts have plenty of other good nutrition factors to

consider as well. They are high in phyto-nutrients and

antioxidants, such as vitamin E and selenium. These antioxidants

help eliminate the free radicals that take place in the aging process

and, therefore help you age at a slower pace.

(Oh yes I fully believe this is so. Nuts slow down the aging

process. I've eaten nuts regularly from a young teenager. Most

people, actually all people so far, would never guess I'm 71 next

September. Now there are other things also that slow down the

aging process, but eating nuts is one of them - Keith Hunt)

Nuts are also a source of 1- arginine, a substance that improves

artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood

clots. Also, nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and they contain

vitamin E, which may help stop the development of plaque in the

arteries. To gain the maximum nutritional value from nuts, first

soak them in fresh clean water for a minimum of 6 hours. Drain

and dry them, and store them in the fridge if not eating them right

away. Soaking "wakes up" the sprouting process (some nuts will

show signs of sprouting) and helps to release their vitamin

contents. The two nuts that are always at the top of the healthiest 

lists are almonds and walnut, Almonds are an excellent source of

magnesium, one of the six major minerals required by our bodies

to function properly. (Calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and

chloride are the other five). When we  don't take in   adequate

amounts of magnesium daily, our bodies will either remove 

magnesium from our bones, where it is needed, or function in

deficiency. Magnesium impacts nearly all systems of the body.

(Yes, I've given you a blog post on the importance of magnesium

 with calcium - from Dr. Perricone - Keith Hunt)

Almond butter is a good replacement for peanut butter, and

almond milk is preferred by many over dairy milk. To make your

own almond milk, simply throw in 2 or 3 generous handfuls of

almonds into a blender half-full of water, add a couple of

oversized tablespoons of raw honey, and blend. You can strain the

milk before drinking, or pour over your favourite cereal as is. Add

raw cocoa for chocolate almond milk. Walnuts are considered by

many to be the ultimate brain food. Is it a coincidence that the

walnut in appearance actually resembles the brain? Loaded with

nutrients, they are an excellent source of nourishment for your

nervous system. Studies suggest that walnuts may influence the

human brain's serotonin levels. This means they may be able to

relieve disorders commonly treated with antidepressant drugs, such

as insomnia, depression, overeating and other compulsive

behaviours, wrthout~their dangerous side effects. Pecans are a rich

source of energy. They can be eaten crushed, ground or whole, and

can be added to your soups, salads, appetizers and favourite

desserts to flavour. Vitamins A, B, C and E are present at high

ratio in pecans, along with the minerals, magnesium, zinc,

potassium, manganese, calcium, iron and selenium. The vitamin E

in pecans is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from

armful oxygen-free radicals. Brazil nuts are particularly healthy

due to their high selenium content, which makes them a complete

protein source. (Selenium helps fight free radicals and boosts the

immune system. It is essential for thyroid gland function. Selenium

also aids in protection against breast and prostate cancer). These

nuts contain all of the necessary amino acids for optimal growth in


Cashews are rich in the mineral copper, which' provides substance

and flexibility in bones and joints. They are a rich source of

magnesium and fiber. Cashews are said to have the ability to

starve tumours and stop cancer cells from dividing. They give

support to the health of your skin and hair. And data collected on

80,718 women from the Nurses Health Study demonstrates that

women who eat at least an ounce of nuts each week, such as

cashews, have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones. Like

anything else, eat nuts in moderation. Many nuts come salted and

can add extra sodium. You could end up canceling out the heart-

healthy benefits of nuts if they're covered with chocolate, sugar or

salt. Nuts are obviously a good addition to a healthy diet. Rather

than having a sugar-coated snack, reach for a handful of nuts

instead. You will feel fuller, and be much healthier too!  


I am not a doctor and I don't have any medical training. I am just

an individual that researches information that other people have

studied and proven to be effective, and I just pass that information

on to you.

From "Thy Kingdom Come" - February 2013 - a publication of the Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.


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